Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lel Chases a Dream Finish to His Return

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lel Chases a Dream Finish to His Return

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THREE-TIME London Marathon champion Martin Lel says his dream of running in the race again kept him going during two years of injury.

The Kenyan won in 2005, 2007 and 2008 and was only beaten into second place in 2006 by two seconds as compatriot Felix Limo claimed victory.

Lel looked on course for an unprecedented fourth men's title in 2009 after winning the Lisbon half-f marathon in March but injured his hip in his last training session before London.

Last year he was troubled by a persistent shin problem so the 32-year-old is relieved he will be on the startline on Sunday.

"Firstly I am just very happy to be here once again," said Lel. "I can't say too much about how I will run because I have been out for two years. The last two years, whenever I got in shape, the injury came again. I did not lose hope because I felt I still had potential and I had the dream that I would be able to return to London one more time. …

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